Before we talk about preventing prostate enlargement, we want to discuss what Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) really is. Benign prostatic hyperplasia is an enlarged prostate, and it comes with many risk factors.
Two of the main risk factors for BPH are advancing age and family history of the disease, neither of which you can change. That is why some very healthy men end up getting the disease while some unhealthy men do not. Even if though you cannot control all the risk factors for BPH, there are several lifestyle habits you can adopt in preventing BPH.
If you are in the active surveillance stage and your urinary tract symptoms are mild to moderate and do not require medical attention, there are things you can do to help ensure your BPH will not progress and require treatment. If you are among the 10% of men who need treatment, then these steps can also enhance the healing process.
What lifestyle changes can help prevent an enlarged prostate?
Just because you have BPH does not mean you should stop doing things that can help prevent it; in fact, right now is the perfect time to take positive action and focus on staying as healthy as possible.
Here are some lifestyle changes that can help you accomplish the prevention of prostate enlargement.
Focus on eating more fruits and vegetables – Are you eating at least 5 to 8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily? Fruits and vegetables contain high levels of inflammation-fighting substances such as antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Strong evidence points to the ability of these foods – which are rich in potent phytonutrients – to reduce the risk of developing an enlarged prostate.
Eat healthful, low-fat foods – Research shows that men who consume a diet low in red meat are less likely to develop benign prostatic hyperplasia. When choosing fats, be sure to focus on healthy ones, such as those found in avocados, nuts, cold water fatty fish, and plant oils such as olive oil.
Choose plant protein over animal protein – Plant protein gives you all the nutrients and health benefits needed for maximum prostate health. Diets rich in plant protein have been shown to reduce rates of prostate disease. Research also suggests that soy isoflavones can help prevent BPH, and that beans and lentils are associated with a reduced risk of BPH while poultry and eggs are associated with an increased risk.
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